Nokia interested in bringing more exclusive Windows Phones to U.S. carriers

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from Omaha, NE
Published: January 10, 2012

Nokia Lumia 900

Last month Nokia North America President Chris Weber gave a bit of insight into his company's plans for its Windows Phone rollout here in the U.S., saying that "Operation Rolling Thunder" would involve releasing a number of handsets across different price points and carriers. Now Weber has shed even more light on Nokia's plan of attack for the U.S., which entails bringing more exclusive devices like the Lumia 900 to market and gaining carrier support. In an interview with Fierce Wireless, Weber explained that Nokia's focus is to work with the operators to gain their support and become the most carrier-friendly firm in the U.S. "The most important thing we can do in the U.S. market is bring exclusive devices and opportunities to each of the carriers," Weber said. "Doing that exclusivity and giving them something unique allows us to get great carrier support."

As far as actual devices go, Weber didn't say much about Nokia's future devices or which carriers it plans to work with. However, when asked about Verizon, the exec said that the carrier is "very important" for them, but didn't elaborate any further.

The Nokia Lumia 900 caught the attention of more than a few mobile fans when it was unveiled yesterday, but the fact that it was introduced as an exclusive to AT&T means that some folks are going to miss out. The good news is that according to Chris Weber, Nokia will be working to bring exclusive handsets to other carriers as well, so people that miss out on the Lumia 900 because they can't or won't switch carriers may get a crack at a similar product on their operator of choice. How many of you would be interested in picking up a Nokia-made Windows Phone device on your carrier?

Via Fierce Wireless